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    Canal Plaza Tower | Portland

    The latest moves from East Brown Cow (selling Foden Road, etc.) would seem to indicate they're gearing up for a big downtown project. This hotel tower seemed to be picking up speed just before Covid hit -- they had requested the zoning variance, they were far along with Safdie architects on the...
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    201 Federal Street | Residential Tower | Portland

    The Residences at SoCoNoMi (South of Congress, North of Middle). Do you work on your laptop all day and want to impress your far-flung co-workers with spectacular natural Zoom backgrounds of Portland Harbor or Back Cove? Want endless hipster dining options at your doorstep after a hard day on...
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    465 Congress Street

    Looks like they're proposing to renovate floors 2-10 into residential units. I think it's a great idea and will contribute to the increasing vitality of downtown, but it represents a major change for what has been one of the city's premier commercial buildings for over a century!
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    185 Commercial Street | Portland

    I skimmed through the last HPB hearing on this proposal and the board seems like they're scrutinizing this building to an unnecessary degree. They basically keep coming back to the building seeming too busy or complex for Commercial Street. I think the architect has been responsive to their...
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    Time & Temp Building | Parking Garage Redevelopment | Portland

    As best I can tell they've received approvals from the Planning Board and Historic Preservation, and last I knew they were going through the application process with National Park Service for approval of the historic preservation tax credits. At the last HPB hearing in the Spring the developers...
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    201 Federal Street | Residential Tower | Portland

    I'm of mixed feelings (not that it matters) about naming buildings. It seems a tad pretentious and unnecessary on the one hand, and I think calling a building by its address is cool and also eliminates the location question. "Yo -- I live at 201 Federal! Any questions?" Catherine -- any...
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    Portland Foreside | 58 Fore Street | Portland

    I think I read that the restaurant will only be open seasonally, so they don't have to worry about winter business for now. Based only my observations, I would say that year-round high-end restaurants are more feasible now than they were 15+ years ago, but the last two winters have been skewed...
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    Portland Foreside | 58 Fore Street | Portland

    The Phoenix published a piece about the zoning appeals board overturning the city's ruling on occupancy arrangements in the new SunLife building and this tidbit was in there: "Prentice was in Boston Monday, meeting with architects for the next step in the development, which is creating 250...
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    Portland Square Redevelopment | Portland

    I think because they came back with a new MDP this year they are subject to the 25% of units at 80% AMI requirement.
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    Portland Square Redevelopment | Portland

    Yeah that could be a factor. But for instance the developers of 385 Congress are going to have to adhere to GND and they've tentatively said they want to build the affordable units on site. I would think if you could build something on a massive scale like they could at this site then perhaps...
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    Portland, ME - The Existing Environment

    This seems like a remarkable development opportunity and I'm surprised it wasn't scooped up off-market by a developer. I suspect it will go for well over $499k, but in any case it would seem like you could do quite well by putting a luxury condo or apartment building on this site. The west...
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    Portland Square Redevelopment | Portland

    Given all that has transpired since the developers presented their Master Development Plan in 2019, I'm a bit surprised they haven't gone back to the drawing board and reconsidered the highest and best (and most profitable) uses of this property. Considering the likelihood that we'll never have...
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    385 Congress St (Press Herald site) | Portland

    I honestly hadn't even noticed the changes to the hotel tower, the presentation was so focused on ground level / public access. I'm going to guess that they've been pricing out materials and construction costs and subsequently making some design changes, but we'll see what they come back with...
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    385 Congress St (Press Herald site) | Portland

    I thought there were some positive design changes presented to the PB the other night. I grabbed a couple screen shots below, but the primary change has been to basically dump the idea of a public park on Congress and instead they've created a public thoroughfare on the "deck" that would be...
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    185 Commercial Street | Portland

    My recollection is that early discussions of a Maine Public HQ were that they wanted it to be "open and accessible" to the public, something like the WGBH studios on Boylston Street in Boston, so maybe you'd have the broadcast studio on the first floor visible from the sidewalk. But beyond that...
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    385 Congress St (Press Herald site) | Portland

    It's on the afternoon workshop agenda.
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    Canal Plaza Tower | Portland

    I came across an interesting tidbit recently looking through an old issue of the Journal of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. In their November 2019 issue they did an interview with Moshe Safdie, and he references the Canal Plaza hotel. He says they originally considered...
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    Portland, ME - New Construction Continued

    An interesting aside in this story about the sale of a medical office building in South Portland. East Brown Cow, who sold the site for $30 million, said they rarely sell properties in their portfolio but that: "we will be reinvesting this capital into East Brown Cow’s current and ongoing...
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    Portland Museum of Art Expansion | Portland

    Jim you have an endless repository of historic Portland photos! I love 'em! For all the mistakes that the city and state might have made regarding the built environment, one unquestionable winner was the move to get rid of billboards. With a few exceptions (Times Square, Vegas, etc.)...
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    Shipyard Brewery | Cambria Suites | 86 Newbury Street | Covetrus | 12 Mountfort Street | Portland

    It looks like the hotel's website is allowing reservations to be made beginning September 1: https://www.cambriaoldport.com/ It's been nearly four years since they first started doing work at this site. I wonder if Covetrus leadership has had any second thoughts about the need for such a...

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